LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some still call it the Fall Classic. It's more universally known as the World Series, and it starts in less than three hours in sun-parched Los Angeles. The Dodgers, playing the big show for the first time since 1988, will send ace lefthander Clayton Kershaw to the mound against Houston's lefty Dallas Keuchel (KY'-kuhl) shortly after 8 p.m. eastern time. Whichever team wins four games first will be the new world champion.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The diversion program for intoxicated drivers that Tiger Woods is expected to enter Friday is one of several across the country aimed at reducing the number of repeat offenders and backlogs of court cases. The 41-year-old superstar golfer is scheduled to plead guilty at a court hearing to reckless driving, a less severe charge than driving under the influence, as part of a Palm Beach County, Florida, program.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eagles coach Doug Pederson says nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters and starting linebacker Jordan Hicks will miss the rest of the season after being injured in Monday's 34-24 win over Washington.Peters tore his right ACL and MCL and Hicks ruptured his right Achilles tendon. Those are two big losses for the NFL-leading Eaglesm who have won six of seven games this season.

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Washington Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky is expected to miss six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured left thumb. The team announced the surgery today, hours after placing the 22-year-old on injured reserve. Burakovsky was injured in the third period Saturday against Florida.

LONDON (AP) — The British government has decided doping cheats should not face criminal prosecutions. Sports minister Tracey Crouch says sanctions for drug offenses should be left to sports governing bodies to enforce. It follows a government review examining the merits of criminalizing doping.